Asphalt Sealer On Car Paint.

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by BIGBOY2008, May 12, 2010.

  1. BIGBOY2008

    BIGBOY2008 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    I finished a drive and dumped a few gallons of unused coal tar sealer in the grass well away from the house and the driveway. The property owner said it wouldnt hurt to dump it there but we didnt consider the neighborhood cats. And it appears a cat walked through the sealer and climbed onto his car hood. The sealer had been on the vehicle for several days before the property owner realized what happened.

    Any ideas what might work to soften the sealer up so it can be removed from the car hood. Right now we have a pieces of cotton t-shirt material soaked with turtle wax brand bug"n"tar remover laying over the tracks.
    Last edited: May 12, 2010
  2. rustyj

    rustyj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Goof off might work
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  3. 2001FZ1

    2001FZ1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I would try WD-40. It won't hurt the paint.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    first, why would you dump any oil based products on the ground?

    Second. take it to a car detail shop and let a professional handle it. the time you spend dealing with it is costing you money since you aren't making any revenue.
  5. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    I agree with Marc, coal tar sealant on grass? It will definitely kill the grass, unless its not pure and cut down with water.

    As for the paint, you definitely don't want to rub it to much otherwise you will be spreading it all over the car.
  6. BIGBOY2008

    BIGBOY2008 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    First of all i dumped probably two or three gallons of coal tar sealer on the ground and coal tar sealer is not a oil based product. There is no such thing as a oil based asphalt sealer. Second of all the property owner said "go ahead and dump it over there in that back corner section of the yard" so i did what the property owner told me to do.
  7. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Fresh diesel will take it off, plus it won't hurt the paint. Get some on a rag and let it set for a bit to soften, then clean it off.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    paint thinner will take it off.
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    Sealers that say on the label that they contain petroleum distillates or coal tar are considered hazardous and should be disposed of as part of a hazardous waste collection program. Be aware that many driveway sealers may be latex based but may still contain petroleum distillates or coal tar.

    The customers look to us as we are the professionals, we know the rules, and we know the do's and don'ts of our particular expertise.

    If a customer told you it was ok to dig near a neighborhood telephone junction box and he "knew" where the wires. would you do it, or would you call in a locate?
  10. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Go to a pavement supply place, and they have stuff in a spray bottle, that will work like magic. The name escapes me now, but will look on the truck later. It is expensive, but I would not run without it.

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